NYPD To Review Practice Of Shackling “Wanted” Hospitalized Victims


The New York Police Department routinely performs warrant checks on shooting victims. If an outstanding warrant is found, the police generally handcuff and shackle the victim, says the New York Times, no matter how minor the underlying offense or how serious the injuries. “We're not handcuffing him by virtue of him being a victim,” said police spokesman Stephen Davis, referring in general to instances where shooting victims were arrested on minor warrants. “But if he has a warrant, it would require him to be in our custody.”

Shackling victims for weeks while they are recovering from gunshot wounds is “particularly egregious where they have minor offenses,” said Seymour James, the lawyer in charge of the Legal Aid Society's criminal practice. “They consider everybody who has a warrant a fugitive.” Susan Herman, a deputy police commissioner who is examining ways for the department to improve its interactions with crime victims, said she intended to review the department's practice of handcuffing shooting victims held on minor warrants.

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